Monthly Archives: June 2011

Progress and the Last Week in Review!

So the next trait on the list from the great 11 Keys for a Successful Marathon Journey post is one that I’ve been quite good at for the last few years when it comes to running: Tracking my progress.

Progress

Track your workouts, feelings, weather, apparel, foods, mishaps, and anything else you can think of along the way. You are writing your own marathon novel and keeping track of the details can help boost your confidence later in the season.

Nike+ Sensor and Receiver

Since December of 2007 I’ve been tracking every single run I do using Nike+Ipod.  Essentially there is a little pedometer/sensor that goes in your shoe which communicates with a little receiver either in or attached to your iPod.  This has been a godsend for knowing my progress as a runner. I can look back today and see that in 3.5 years I have run 796 times (an average of 4 times a week) with a total mileage of 4801 miles. I can also see that my pacing has gotten substantially worse in the last year or so, In May of 2010 I was averaging 6’51” a mile, not my best average, but still very good; this May I averaged 7’35” a mile.  What this tells me is not that I’m failing,but that I can do better, I have done better, and I will do better. I may have gone downhill, but I have a record of when I was at the top of the hill, and really it’s not that far away.

So how did this past week go for me as a runner? Pretty darn good if I do say so myself.  Right now my main goal is consistency, and I got my run in every day I set out to run, a more than satisfying result.  The weather was amazing for my long run on Saturday (20 miles!) but I did not hydrate enough for the heat.  My pace fell through the floor about 3/4 of the way through and I wound up pacing 8’20” average over the whole run, over a minute off of the Boston qualifying pace! (luckily I have 126 days to drop that pace down before Portland!) There are going to be runs that punch me in the face like this, that’s always a part of challenging yourself, of pushing your limits, sometimes you stumble on your way to success. The success is getting up and going forward.

Friday Funnies 6/3/2011: Badly Translated TV

I’m starting a new series here on my blog… It’s the Friday Funnies!  Every time we hit the day where “Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday” and  “Tomorrow is Saturday/And Sunday comes after … wards ” I’m going to post something that makes me giggle.  (Sorry for the traumatizing use of the horror that is Rebecca Black, I just couldn’t resist) Today’s laugh comes after the break.

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A Marathon is a Journey, Not a Race

Marathon Runners
I was looking through my RSS feed today for running blogs and I came across this great post on Active.com: 11 Keys to A Successful Marathon Journey.  Just the title reminded me of a simple fact, running a Marathon isn’t just getting prepped for a race, it’s a journey. Author Jenny Hadfield‘s article has a unique approach to Marathon training: Rather than giving a complex set of steps to go through at different points in the marathon training process,  she focuses on traits that a successful Marathoner should cultivate.

Her 11 traits are: Realism, Perspective, Gratitude, Progress, Mindfulness, Perseverance, Humility, Faith, Reflection, Patience and Celebration.  Even without the detail she goes into, each word is evocative of personality traits that one would need to be successful in nearly any endeavor, not just running a Marathon.  Some specific quotes and my thoughts on them below the break.
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The Race Is On!

There’s a new post up at my blog on my fitness/athletic endeavors Aspiration, Inspiration, Respiration! Check it out an find out the crazy challenge I’ve put in front of my self, and subscribe to the blog via RSS to get consistent updates!

Commitment

I’ve had a problem my whole life with seeing difficult things through. In my youth I got used to achieving with ease, never really having to put a whole lot of effort.  As time went on I’d always wind up putting in the minimum level of effort necessary to get the result.  I was never willing to truly challenge myself… learning, acting, social life, I’d never take real risks.  Last week I took the first step towards changing that. I finally signed up for my first Marathon! Continue reading